In 2015, Judge Wayne Mack was brought before the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct due to a complaint about his inter-faith, volunteer chaplaincy program and his practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open his courtroom sessions in prayer.
First Liberty Institute represented Judge Mack at a hearing before the commission, resulting in the commission dismissing the complaint. However, the Commission "strongly cautioned" Judge Mack to dismantle the chaplaincy program and end his opening ceremonies that included the courtroom prayer.
In February, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to issue a legal opinion clarifying the constitutionality of Judge Mack's actions. Today, Attorney General Paxton affirmed that Judge Mack's practices are well within the bounds of Texas law and the Constitution.
"This has been a long and arduous process," Judge Wayne Mack says. "I'm thankful for Lieutenant Governor Patrick's request for an opinion on this important issue and that Attorney General Paxton made clear that the Constitution permits judges to invite volunteer chaplains to open sessions of court with prayer. This is a clear victory for religious liberty."
Read more about Judge Mack's case at FirstLiberty.org/JudgeMack
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SOURCE First Liberty Institute